“Bad News, my lovie…” Is what Steven told me when he got back from trail a few weeks ago. “Is it my Trailcam?” I asked. “I am afraid so.” “Is it gone?” “It is gone my angel, I am so sorry… the hyena’s got hold of it.”
And so they did. Steven followed the hyena tracks (apparently there were loads) for a few hundred meters but to no avail. He asked his colleagues to keep an eye out for it, but we were worried we might never see it again.
The following Saturday, Steven’s colleague Moses came to the house. He had a big smile on his face as he gave Steven something. I couldn’t see what it was at first, but when Steven said: YOU FOUND IT!! I recognised the item formerly known as my trailcam!!!
Oh my. It was in terrible shape. It was only the top half that Moses found about 50 meters from the tree it had been on. And it was badly chewed up. The casing chewed open and unfortunately, there was a big chunk of the memory card missing too.
After giving Moses a big hug for bringing it back to us, I rushed inside to check if I could somehow retrieve the footage on the memory card. But when I put it in my card reader, nothing happened. It was dead as a doornail.
Until last week that is, when a friend of mine opened up the SD card a bit more, found that the chip inside was still intact and tried it on a different type of card reader. “I got some video’s here…” He said. Can you imagine my excitement when he showed me the files?? It was so much fun looking at all the footage Steven got in the two trails leading up to the final destruction of my camera!
There is some stunning footage and sounds of animals drinking. Now it is winter there hardly is any water in the veld. So the waterhole where Steven placed the camera is a big attraction to all sorts of animals. Have a look at the video I compiled. The first part of the video has the wrong date on it. I kept forgetting to reset the date and time after recharging the batteries. If you happen to recognise the place, please do not mention it for the safely or our animals!
So that is it. The last footage my Trailcam got. No doubt about the guilty party;-)
As I described on our Facebook Page, I have been suffering from extreme FOMO, not being able to see what walks past our front gate at night. Luckily Paul and Susan Eslick offered to lend us their Bushnell Trail camera (with steel box)!! Thank you so much, Paul and Susan! Next ‘Tales of the Trailcam’ is courtesy of the two of you!
Steven has not been able to use Paul and Susan’s camera much since it arrived. He has been down with a severe case of tick bite fever and all sorts of complications. (Bushveld living is not for sissies) Luckily my dear husband is tough as nails. He went back on trail on Sunday. Let’s see what Tales our borrowed camera has to tell when he gets home on Saturday!
Have a lovely week everyone!